The registered nurses are members of California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee in California and Nevada.
Late last night registered nurses at Dignity Health facilities reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, announced California Nurses Association (CNA) and National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) today. The agreement covers more than 14,000 RN members in California and Nevada, represented by CNA/NNOC.
The tentative agreement features stronger infectious disease prevention measures for nurses and patients. “As we face yet another surge of Covid-19 patients filling up our hospitals, we are proud to have achieved additional health and safety protections for our RNs and patients,” said CNA/NNOC President Sandy Reding, RN negotiator.
Over the next few weeks, more than 14,000 RN members across California and Nevada will vote on the tentative agreement that includes greater economic security and health care benefits to improve staffing. “We are hopeful that with the greater economic and health care gains we can recruit new nurses and retain experienced RNs to better protect our patients’ safety,” said Kathy Dennis, RN negotiator and CNA board member.
Agreement highlights include:
- Health and safety provisions to ensure nurses get the highest level of personal protective equipment, including when caring for patients suspected of having Covid. Nurse participation in the Pandemic Task Force.
- Comprehensive workplace violence prevention language which involves the union’s input and recommendations.
- Investment in education: Increased tuition reimbursement for education so nurses can continue expanding their knowledge and skills.
- Economic gains and health benefit provisions to help retain and recruit experienced nurses, including no takeaways for pensions or retiree health. The agreement includes a 13.5 percent wage increase over four years.
- Equity and inclusion provisions, including agreement to fight racial injustice and health care disparities within the community, a commitment to a workplace free from racism and unlawful discrimination, and expansion of implicit and unconscious bias training.
- Shared vision on health care: Dignity Health agrees with the union that health care is a human right and that everyone should have access to quality health care; that we must end racial and ethnic disparities in health care outcomes and promote the delivery of culturally competent care and the diversity of our health care workforce; and that we must have a commitment to the community.
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The California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee is affiliated with National Nurses United, the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States with more than 175,000 members nationwide.